Five Best Free Data Recovery Tools

Five Best Free Data Recovery Tools

The best way to recover from unexpected data loss is to be properly prepared. With one of the following tools on hand, you’ll always be ready to save your data from the Reaper.

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While the best defence against data loss is redundant and real-time backup, we understand that sometimes data loss sneaks right up on you. Whether your vacation pictures didn’t make it safely from your camera to your computer or a bumbling roommate deleted the paper you’ve been working all week on, having emergency data recovery tools handy is crucial to getting your data back before it’s gone forever.

TestDisk (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Recuva (Windows)

PhotoRec (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Restoration (Windows)

Undelete Plus (Windows)

If you have a file-recovery tip, technique, or tool you’re dying to share. sound off in the comments and help your fellow readers get their data back.


  • GetDataBack for NTFS is by FAR the best I have used. After windows installer decided to format my external drive which had all my data on it this was the only tool I could find that worked.

    Recuva was awful. Photorec and Restoration didn’t work either.

  • Mate, I had a WD portable usb drive fall and not work. Went to Payam Toloo and was told it would cost $2400.00 to recover all the data and would take around a week. I had a friend Felix Forbes who mentioned a person (Cory Sharplin) that was good at these things. He asked me to get an identical unit and in front of me swapped the discs and all was good. Besides the new HDD he charged me only $120.00 (5% of Payam Toloo was charging).
    His details are
    Cory Sharplin – 99761500 – No invoice but see how much u save

  • all these tools are assuming you have a fully functioning harddrive mechanically. Should you hear any noises or suspected that your drive is playing up you really should contact a professional so you do not risk your data.

  • Every free tool cannot be useful to all, When i lost data from my windows PC due to hard disk corruption then i used Kernel for windows Data Recovery software, It provides reliable platform for data recovery. Go here for free download

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